Thanks for the post - I just went thru the same conFlusion.
But I tinkered and got it workin for my purposes anyway.
I like and use the Github Desktop. And Brackets.
I was stuck at a point and didn’t easily find an answer- so’s I’m gonna make this post.
What I do: - and the more advance can tell me where I err.
Go to the Git hub site, log in, and open a new project by hitting the plus sign.
Fillin in the blanks and make a ReadMe with a coupla comments just so’s there’s something there for now.
Go to Your project - still on the GitHub Website
At the GREEN CLONE or DOWNLOAD button
I hit OPEN IN DESKTOP.
You Get a POPUP check “Remember my . . .” and hit Button OPEN IN GITHUB DESKTOP.- - This means the Github Desktop App on your machine.Already setup.
GITHUB DESKTOP , the Gui, not the CLI, opens on your machine.
And lo another pop up doth appear,
With 2 slots for locations - top one is your repo address on the web - leave this as is
and bottom one you can navigate to where you want the local files.
I think this relationship, between these 2 addresses is permanent -you can’t move local directory created after or the Github Desktop wont see changes. Then hit the BLUE Button To accept.
Now any changes in that 2nd local directory get picked up by the Github desktop with those neat before and after stripes. You don’t change anything in the Github Desktop.
Just in the Directory you spec’d locally. Use any editor, just save right back there.
Drop in some jpegs, edit or place an html text or .js file - made with ANY editor
and it shows in the DESKTOP - I like this - damn, I like this a lot.
ONE LITTLE THING - these are local changes only - when you want to beam to the mutherGit- the repo on the web using Github Desktop.
! you need to have done some changes in that “second” local linked directory.
2 You should put in a description in the big white Description box.
AND HERE’S WHAT TOOK ME TWO WEEKS TO FIGURE OUT
3 You need to put SOMETHING in the 1 line box just above description, beside your icon… I didnt even notice it was there. till I squinted.
or the BLUE COMMIT to Master button wont light up, and work.
4 Then Hit - Push to Origin when it appears in the TOP line.
When you now select in GitHub Desktop from the topline menu Repository/ View on Github
The Website opens and you can see your changes and new file adds posted to the repo.
This gives me cloud backup, a version control for my progress and a visual comparison as to what I did and I can still use Brackets, the editor that I like so much.
I’m working on solo projects so your mileage may vary - But this is my first post here and this is all I got.